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Celebrate Safely, Plan Ahead.Rockville, MD - June 25, 2012 - One in five American teenagers now suffer from some type of hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the mid-1990s, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So, this July 4th, celebrate safely. Noise from exploding fireworks can top 155 decibels (dB)! If you are sitting very close to the blasts, there is potential for immediate, sudden, and permanent hearing loss. Limit your child's chances of ending up on the wrong side of this statistic by taking these preventative measures, recommended by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
For questions related to hearing health and protection, seek the help of a certified audiologist.About the American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationASHA, www.asha.org, is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.
Taken from www.asha.org/About/news/Press-Releases/2012/Protect-Kidsrs.htm.
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